SMM: SB1383 Food Recovery Plan and Implementation

San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments
Monrovia, California

The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) hired SCS Engineers (SCS) to support fourteen San Gabriel Valley cities and assist with their ongoing efforts in preparing for Senate Bill 1383’s food recovery components, one of the largest in the state. SCS’ services contributed to SGVCOG’s overall target to:

  • Reduce statewide disposal of organic waste by 75% by January 1, 2025 (based on 2014 levels)
  • Recover at least 20% of currently disposed edible food for human consumption by 2025.
edible food recovery donation requirements
Example of Outreach materials.

SCS is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Meeting attendance, along with meeting minutes and action items.
  • Drafting a final version of the Food Recovery Agency survey; develop a Food Recovery Agency contact list and contact all targeted Food Recovery Agencies to perform the survey and provide education materials, including a multilingual outreach. Assemble a database of completed survey data, which is used to create an executive summary.
  • Creating a detailed plan for comprehensive outreach and education efforts for participating cities, Tier 1 and Tier 2 edible food waste generators, and stakeholder groups.
  • Preparing a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Capacity report.
  • Preparing a Food Recovery Organization capacity report.
  • Providing education and outreach to Tier 1 and 2 edible food generators and Food Recovery Organizations.
  • Preparing and implementing an Inspection Plan for Tier 1 and Tier 2 generators.
  • Every month (beginning February 1, 2022), SCS provides SGVCOG with a copy of Inspection Reviews and Complaint Reviews, which may include, but are not limited to:
    – The total number of inspections conducted, categorized by type of entity.
    – The total number of complaints received, categorized by type of entity.
  • A copy of Inspection Reviews, Complaint Reviews, and Notice of Violations (including penalty orders, enforcement actions, and compliance status).
  • Records provided to SGVCOG annually in a format that meets the needs of the Implementation Record described in Section 18995.2.

As 2023 draws to a close, these tasks are completed and SGVCOG is well positioned to move forward as their food recovery program continues to grow.